Monday 19 August 2019

Around the districts: Ballymote, Curry-Moylough, Tubbercurry

Local people enjoying International Yoga Day in Doorly Park
Local people enjoying International Yoga Day in Doorly Park

Ballymote: Pop-up choir - Every autumn the Hawk's Well Theatre run a community/work place choir programme called Sligo Sings and this year we would like to join in with a Ballymote choir.

The choir would be open to everyone, no auditions or previous experience is necessary, it's just for fun.

We will meet at the Art Deco cinema and the Hawk's Well will provide a Choirmaster to work with the choir one evening a week for eight weeks. In late November there will be a great fun night in Sligo for all the choirs across the county.

It would be great to know if there would be any interest in the Ballymote area, so please spread the word and if you think you may like to join or know someone who would be interested, please email


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on Saturday, July 6. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 20 and 25. There was one match-three winner. Name of winner displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €9,400. The next draw will take place in Hayden's on Saturday, July 20, Thank you for your support.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of John Munds, Tallaght; Patricia Brennan, Birmingham; Elizabeth (Betty) Doohan, Ballinascarrow, whose deaths occurred recently.

Charity Fundraiser Ball

A charity fundraiser ball takes place on Saturday, September 14, in the Clayton Hotel Sligo. All proceeds go towards Crumlin Hospital and Sligo University Paediatrics Ward.

There will be a Champagne Reception followed by a four course meal at 8 p.m. Music from the Brian McDermott Band and DJ Daithi 0'Reailly Entertainment.

Tickets available from Prestige Beauty Salon Ballymote and Henrys Gala Station Ballymote, Please call Amanda at 087 7818701 for more information.

Your news

Anyone, who wishes to have news items included in the notes email phone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of notes is 5 p.m. every Thursday.



The recent death occurred of Brendan Walsh, Curry village, sincere sympathy to his wife Margaret, daughter Eithne, sons Brendan, Philip, Enda, Declan, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and a large circle of friends.

The late Brendan was a talented musician who played with many music groups, he was also a well known tradesman. His month's mind Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Curry on Sunday, July 7.


Congratulations to Shane Kennedy Chaffpool, Tubbercurry, who was awarded the John White Cup from the CIOB at the annual dinner dance recently. Congratulations to his parents John and Kennedy.


Summer School

The 33 South Sligo summer School is now in full swing with classes running daily and nightly music sessions in town in the pubs. A good week of lively entertainment guaranteed so if you have friends at home bring them in for an evening of entertainments. Full details on the website

Sensory Biodiversity Walk

A very interesting Sensory, Biodiversity walk for visitors and locals alike, takes place this week under the leadership of local nature expert Martina Killian. Enjoy the views of the Ox Mountains and Clooneen and Tullycusheen Bogs, listen to the sounds of nature, smell the flowers, taste the herbs and feel the moss under your feet. Discover the diverse vegetation of marshy land three miles outside Tubbercurrry. Takes place this Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m., meet at the Tubbercurry town square under the clock. Herbal tea and homemade cake after the walk. Admission free.

New Shop

A new shop premises has opened on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry called Digi-Telly. This is a supplier of services to the Television and associated equipment, including satellite dishes, cables etc. Owned and run by Max Jaago, Max has been providing this service for the last 10 years since he moved to Ireland. Due to providing and excellent service, business has expanded, thus the need for a dedicated shop premises which is located beside the Computer Shop. Max can be contacted at the shop if you are seeking TV upgrades or improvements.

Social dancing

social dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday, July 27, at 10 o'clock. Music by Medicine Bow, back by popular demand. Admission is €10, great nights dancing is assured,

Oliver Brennan r.i.p.

The recent death occurred of Oliver Brennan, late of Chimney Park, Moylough, Tubbercurrry. Aged just 80, Oliver was a young at heart 80-year-old who was always active and had an interest in his farm till his death. Just days before his death he spoke of getting his hay cut at the beginning of July.

Oliver was a native of Moylough, who farmed the family holding since the death of his parents. He was a dairy farmer most of his life but changed his system to suckling and dry stock in recent years.

He always had an interest in local happenings and events and had a genuine interest in the progress of neighbours and their children through their school and work activities. He could discuss and debate politics, sport and farming affairs with anybody and liked to come to Tubbercurry a few evenings a week for a social drink and to meet the many people who knew him. In recent years he had health challenges which he just considered a nuisance, interrupting his work schedule. He never complained or felt sorry for himself.

His remains reposed at St Theresa's Funeral Home, Curry, where many hundreds called to pay their respects. Funeral Mass was held in St Patrick's church Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary. Oliver was pre-deceased by his brother Seán and sisters Anne, Millie and Patricia and is survived by his sister Carmel Groarke (Bellaghy, Charlestown), sister-in-law Maura, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest gently in Peace.

Sam Bainbridge r.i.p.

The recent death occurred of Sam (Steven) Bainbridge late of Clooneen, Tubbercurry. In his mid 70's, Sam was a native of Cumbria in England but moved to Tubbercurry about 20 years ago. A stone mason by trade, Sam worked throughout the West of Ireland since moving here and created many beautiful stone features in and around houses through his expert trade. As well as working, Sam liked to play golf, and his social life resolved around the Golf Club and society outings. His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home Tubbercurry where a large number of friends and acquaintances called to pay their respects to a man who became a friend to many. Sam is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Claire and two grandchildren, as well as sister, brothers, in laws and extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in Peace.

Brendan Walsh r.i.p.

The recent unexpected death occurred after a brief illness of Brendan Walsh of Curry Village. In his mid 70's Brendan was a well known and multi talented musician who played the length and breath of Ireland with various ceili and social dancing bands over the last 50 years. Bands he played with included the Malachy Doyle Ceili Band, The Fab Five Showband, The Fiesta Showband, Western Dixie Flyers Showband, Tenessee Sound, Rodeo, San Bernadino, Alberta Bound as well as his first love the St Mary's Ceili Band from Curry.

Brendan had an array of instruments to play including the button accordion, keyboards, tin whistle, concert flute, mouth organ, guitar, fiddle and drums. As well as playing music, he was also a building contractor and a farmer and loved all his occupations equally.

A soft spoken and gentle human being, Brendan couldn't offend anybody even if he tried, and anybody that knew him were touched by his gentleness. His remains reposed at his home in Curry where many thousand called to pay their last respects to a true gentleman. Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry and burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery.

Brendan is survived by his wife Margaret, children Brendan, Eithne, Phillip, Enda and Declan, brother Padraic (London) sister Theresa in Sligo, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and relations, all to whom sympathy is extended. May his gentle soul rest in musical Peace.

Bridie Kirrance r.i.p.

The recent peaceful death occurred of Bridie Kirrance (née Scanlon) late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry - Aged 83, Bridie was a native of Carrentubber and was one of five Scanlon sisters in the family. In her young working life she worked in Basta and actually started working there on the day it opened in 1955 as a young 20-year-old. She met her husband Michael James through work in Basta where he also worked and they married in 1964. Bridie had a great love of farming and after she and Michael James took over the family farm in Carrentubber she always took an interest in its workings. Michael James passed away 18 months before Bridie.

Bridies remains reposed at her home in Carrentubber and funeral Mass was held at the Church of St John Evangelist, Tubbercurry prior to burial in Rhue Cemetery. She is survived by her son David (Carrentubber) daughters Mary Henry (Oughambaun), Nora (Dublin), Michaela (Dublin) and Assumpta (Kinnegad), Sons and Daughter-in-laws, grand-children, sisters Mary, Winnie, Ann, Kathleen, inlaws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends all to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Moy River House Concert

A house concert featuring three singer song writers will take place at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Saturday, July 20, next. Gary Ferguson, Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, visit the south Sligo venue as part of their current Irish tour. Booking at 087 2512030.

Bridge Club

Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper. The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed. The club would like to extend thanks to the Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council and Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG - in particular Shona Heffernan. Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible.

The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at the May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome. Contact Colm at 087 2313631 or Mike at 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners' classes.

Active Retirement

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 p.m. in the library. The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty's 'Midwinter Break'.

The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week's holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey's Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous dinner and Cabaret Nights.

Celebrations will continue in the autumn when we will be launching our book four of the Way That It Was' series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent's time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century - a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.

(A One-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10)

Moylough 1997 DVD

A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis's SuperValu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 087 2276628. Proceeds are in aid of Áine Durkin's volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.

Past pupils of Moylough school who left in June 1997 and those who started school in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school.

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Card Game

Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30 p.m.


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Sligo Champion